Rangers Sign Tanner Scheppers

Add another name to the Rangers' huge stock of impressive young pitchers.  They signed 44th overall draft pick Tanner Scheppers today, according to SI's Jon Heyman (via Twitter).  Baseball America's John Manuel says Scheppers received a signing bonus of $1.25MM, a record for the supplemental first round.  Scheppers, like Aaron Crow, was not subject to the August 17th signing deadline since he was drafted from an independent club.  Scheppers was drafted 48th overall by the Pirates in 2008, but did not sign.  His shoulder injury was a likely factor.  Click here for MLB.com's scouting report on Scheppers.

The Rangers were unable to sign their first-round draft pick, high school lefty Matt Purke.  He reportedly rejected a $4MM offer at the signing deadline, though Jim Reeves wrote on Saturday that MLB forced the team to lowball him.



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